doesn't seem likely as AA
does not operate a crew base there. The SEA
base closed sometime after 9/11 when AA
canceled its SEA
), Japan">NRT service. I don't know where the crews would come from for those flights, as AA
has two flight attendant pools: domestic and international. Domestic never fly international routes and international F/As rarely fly domestic, although it happens for crew placement. That could be the case here, but the crews flying into SEA
to operate an HNL
flight would be coming from too far away to make them legal, requiring a layover in SEA
and significantly upping the cost.
As far as Hawaii being a low yield market: According to Dan Garton, EVP of Marketing, he said in a meeting I attended that yields over the past ten years have picked up significantly and as a result, the airlines have increased capacity. Hawaii isn't the junk market it was once considered. For perspective: You can often find transcons at far less cost than flying from the west coast to Hawaii. Flying roundtrip to Hawaii from the west coast at $350 is a bargain, and hard to get at that. A lot of transcons can be had for a $100 less.
goes back to a 757 on May 1, according to SABRE.
Also looking in SABRE, there is what we call a STAR record, and there is one for "New Markets". According to it, AA
will start SFO
on June 10 with a 757, and the service will end on September 8. No mention of SEA
or any other Hawaiian destinations, nor SFO
Cvervais... you're not completely out of luck. AA
still operates its daily SJC
), Japan">NRT service with a 777, which departs at 12:20pm. The return arrives at SJC
at 9:55am. And you are right, AA
did fly SJC
with a 777, but it never came back, as well as CDG
, post 9/11. And BTW, SJC
was operated with a 763.
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